Police retirements have risen by 45 percent in the past year, with officers opting out of forces across the country amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations that fueled anti-cop rhetoric.
The alarming statistic was revealed by the Police Executive Research Forum on Sunday, with the organization also revealing that resignations rose by 18 percent during the same twelve month period.
‘It is an evolving crisis,’ Chuck Wexler, the organization’s executive director, told The New York Times, adding that police forces are also struggling to attract new recruits.
Anti-police sentiment was sparked by the murder of George Floyd by white cop Derick Chauvin in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
It prompted some politicians to say they were in favor of abolishing or defunding police forces across the United States. Commissioners claimed that rhetoric caused a spike in violent crime and led officers to feel betrayed by their elected officials.
New York City, for instance, saw large-scale BLM marches during which some participants threw bottles at police and set their patrol cars on fire.
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Source: Daily Mail